School Re-Entry Program

When your child is ready to leave the hospital and return to school, part of his or her recovery is re-entry into a normal routine, especially school. The UCSF School Re-Entry Program assists with this transition.

The program is available to all school-age patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and is especially effective for children who are re-entering school with a marked cognitive, behavioral or physical change.

The four main goals of the School Re-Entry Program are:

Prepare school staff

Child life teachers can provide your child's school staff with written and hands-on support to help educate them about your child’s condition.

With your consent, child life teachers begin communication with your child's school while he or she is still in the hospital. When your child is getting ready to leave the hospital, child life teachers, in collaboration with other members of the medical team, will make recommendations for school accommodations.

Make Educational Recommendations

Recommendations from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital staff may vary widely, depending on your child's needs. UCSF staff will contact and may visit the school before your child's return to make sure everything is in place to accommodate him or her as well as assist the school to come up with a safety plan.

Child life teachers can also help initiate an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan, to accommodate your child's needs. These recommendations are another way to help create a smooth transition.

Educate Classmates

To ease the transition back to school and make sure the entire school community is ready to welcome your child, UCSF staff will make an age-appropriate presentation to teachers and students to educate them about your child's medical condition. You and your child can decide whether or not you would want to attend the presentation.

This presentation demystifies where the student has been and nips any rumors that have been floating around the campus. It gives classmates concrete information and hands-on experiences to gain a sense of empathy to your child’s situation.

Reduce teasing

A classroom presentation is one of the best ways to reduce teasing, as it empowers classmates, making them the "experts." UCSF staff pose scenarios and offer opportunities for role-playing to classmates. This allows them to practice what to say to other students in the school who may not have been a part of the presentation and to your child when he or she returns. This process makes the patient a hero, not a victim. It reduces teasing and creates a supportive community for your child’s return to school.

How to Reach Us

To enroll your child in the School Re-Entry Program, call (415) 353-1310, or extension 3-1310 within the hospital.

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School Re-Entry Program
(415) 353-1310, or extension 3-1310 within the hospital